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Learn how to add animations to your Keynote presentations

Make your Keynote presentations even more dynamic by adding basic animation

You don’t need to spend hours learning how to use advanced software such as Flash and Dreamweaver to incorporate basic animation into your projects. In Keynote, there are tools available that you can use to add simple animations to your slides and in true Apple style, they require minimum effort but result in maximum impact. Not only can you move images and graphics around from slide to slide but you can also change how images appear on the slide by scaling them up and down or even change the opacity. It’s simple to do but there is still plenty of flexibility for you to be creative. Just follow the steps to find out how.

1: Duplicate

Once you have completed the slide that you want to animate, head up to the Edit drop-down menu and select Duplicate.

2: Images

On the duplicated slide delete three of the images by selecting them, heading up to the Edit drop- down menu and clicking on Delete.

3: Move

We have three remaining images. Move one of the remaining images across the page to sit under the other, using the yellow guides to line them up.

4: Scale

Scale the last remaining image by selecting it, holding down the control key and dragging the box to fill the empty space.

5: Inspector

Hit the icon at the top of the interface to open the Inspector palette and select the Slide Inspector (second left). Under Effect, choose Magic Move.

6: Duration

Edit how long the animation plays for by using the up and down arrows under Duration. We’ve selected 2.5 seconds.

7: Play

To view your animation in action at full screen, select the first slide then hit the play button. Click the mouse to activate the animation.

8: Start transition

To set the animation to start automatically, choose from the drop-down menu underneath Start Transition and select ‘Automatically’.

9: Delayed start

To add a delay to the start of your animation, use the up and down arrows underneath Delay. We’ve opted for a delay of two seconds.

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